December 19, 2007
Contact: Brad Mitchell Scott Allen
Phone: 312-353-4807 312-353-6976
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Reducing and preventing injuries among Habitat for Humanity's volunteer home builders are the goals of an alliance between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus.
"Working together to share best practices, and to develop and implement safety and health training to these dedicated people is an easy call," said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "If we can provide them with the knowledge and ability to anticipate, identify and eliminate work-related hazards, we can go a long way toward eliminating job-related injuries."
Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus was established in 1987 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and since then has built more than 193 houses throughout greater Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. There are plans for the construction of 18 homes in 2008.
E.J. Thomas, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity-Greater Columbus, said, "The joint signing of this agreement formalizes our commitment to ensure that safety remains paramount throughout all phases of the construction of Habitat homes for our partner families."
OSHA safety and health alliances are part of U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao's ongoing efforts to improve the safety and health of employees through cooperative programs. OSHA currently has more than 450 alliances throughout the nation with organizations committed to fostering safety and health in the workplace.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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